Cheryl Bormann

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Cheryl Bormann is an attorney from Chicago. Bormann specializes in the defense of serious criminal charges including murder where the government is seeking the death penalty. She is best known for defending Waleed bin Attash before the Guantanamo military commission which began in 2012.[1] Bormann studied law at Loyola University Chicago.[2] From 2008 through 2011 she headed the Capital Trial Assistance Unit at the Illinois State Appellate Defender, the state agency responsible for providing legal assistance to defendants in death penalty cases in Illinois. The abolition of the death penalty in Illinois in 2011 rendered Bormann's position redundant.[3]

During the May 2012 arraignment of the alleged September 11 mastermind, she wore a hijab and asked that other women present at the proceedings also dress modestly.[4]


  1. ^ Sun, Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore. "9/11 defendants refuse to participate in arraignment".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2012-05-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Sulzberger, A. G. (2 April 2011). "Illinois Workers Find That a Death Penalty Ban Abolishes Their Jobs, Too" – via
  4. ^ American female defense lawyer covers up in traditional Islamic dress at 9/11 Guantanamo trial 'out of respect' for her client's religious beliefs, The Daily Mail, May 6, 2012